Jesus is Greater
When our family learned from the doctors that they could do no more for my Dad with regard to his cancer, that day was a very difficult day, to say the least. However, after the doctor left the hospital room, my Dad & Mom, two sisters, my brother, and I had a wonderful conversation; emotional, but very good. We thanked him for being such a great Dad, for the hard work ethic he instilled in us, and for the legacy of faith he passed on to us. Each of us told him that we loved him very much! Dad told us that he loved us and the most difficult thing in all of this was that he would have to leave us. The promise that my siblings and I made to him that day was that we would take care of Mom. Since my two sisters and brother live much closer, they fulfill this promise very well, much better than I do. Making that promise was very meaningful for us. Fulfilling that promise is very meaningful, too!
When it comes to promises, what is the greatest promise we have made? Is it the promise to a loved one that we will take care of family? Is it the promise we made to our mate the day we married? Is it the promise we made to follow our Lord? Is it the promise we made to the Lord that we would raise our children to know Him?
What is the greatest promise that has been made to us? Was it the promise our mate made to us on our wedding day? Was it a promise our parents made to us? A promise a friend made to us? I submit that the greatest promise made to us is the promise that God makes to us in Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Wow! The gift of eternal life!!! That promise can be difficult to process! To live in the presence of God forever and ever! What is even more amazing, this promise is a gift because of God’s grace! A gift that we do not deserve! And yet, this promise of eternal life is guaranteed through Jesus Christ our Lord! II Corinthians 1:20 says, “For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes.” He guarantees the promise of eternal life through His blood shed at the cross and through His resurrection from the dead! The promise of eternal life is the greatest of promises! Do we cherish this promise? Do we anticipate and appreciate this promise? Just as we promised Dad we would take care of Mom, God promises us that He will take care of us ~ for all eternity! Wow!!!